Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Little Girl's Bedroom Inspiration

A friend of mine has asked me to help update her daughter's nursery to a little girl's room with the hope that this will be a room she can grow into down the road.  Her one request is that the room must have the color 'purple' in it (her daughter's favorite color). Purple can be one of those tricky colors - it can either look beautiful or just frankly, over the top.  And, if I know my friend, she doesn't mind the color 'purple' as long as it doesn't steal the show! :)

When we were throwing back and forth ideas, I mentioned that the color green and purple work very well together and can look sophisticated.  She recently saw a picture of my daughter's room with the newly painted 'green' bookcase and loved the color.   She wasn't really sold on that color palette until I sent her this photo below...

See, how the purple is not the center of attention, but clearly stands out??  You definitely notice the color, but the whole room is not purple.  She loved this and so did I.  

Still, she was a little doubtful on how this could translate to a little girl's room, so I created an inspiration board below.

I would paint the walls BM Tranquility (the beautiful green swatch color in the upper left corner).  To keep the room from feeling romantic and light, I would keep the furnishings light (distressed white/cream colored) which luckily, my friend already has an antique white dresser she plans on using.

I would infuse purple through the bedding - she could either do purple duvet with ivory sheets OR purple sheets with an ivory duvet. This will allow the purple to stand out without overpowering the room.

The window treatments should be a simple relaxed roman shade either in the same color of the walls or in an ivory linen.

I love the idea of adding feminine touches through scalloped trims (light fixture, light shade, basket liner, or bedskirt).  The scallops will mimic the feminine lines of the headboard, relaxed shade, etc.  My girlfriend collects vintage french baskets so we already are having a scalloped basket liner made for one of her baskets.

I think this color palette will be one her daughter can grow into and if down the road, her daughter wishes to add additional colors of pink, blue, gold, florals, etc., it'll all pair nicely with the greenish walls.  

In the early stages of going back and forth, I sent my friend this picture of Christy Ford's daughter's room and I think this is exactly the feminine look she and her daughter would like to have!! 

Don't you love it??  Ribbons, teddy bears with bows, florals, ruffles, polka dots!!  Perfect for a little girl!!


  1. Visuals help so much do they not?! Purple and green work well together. Actually, I love green with just about anything. Love the direction you are going Fran!

  2. Eek! The green and purple are so, so beautiful together. Love your design boards -- as I've said before the scalloped light...oh my!

  3. Fran,
    You are certainly a natural for creating delightful spaces that will stand the test of time.
    We are in the midst of the old bedroom renovations, "achoo" to the dust but in a matter or weeks, new lovely wooden floors to replace wall to wall carpet that showed it's tlc of 3 children and 1 dog. Warm walls re-insulated with the spray in foam and new walls up.....then the fun begins of seeing the rooms come to life with brilliant decor!
    I am splurging on a little design help from a young gal in NY City. It's so much fun to know that things will be taking on a more grown up sophisticated look.
    I tell my college seniors, Mom is opening up the "PvE" B & B.
    Hope you will come visit!

  4. Gorgeous choices for this lovely bedroom!1 Very timeless and youthful without being cute! Love it!!

  5. Such a pretty palette! Your vision is elegant and whimsical at the same time. I'm looking forward to seeing the room come to life!

  6. Great work in helping your friend out with the design of her daughter's bedroom. You're completely right about the palette, simple is always the best way to go. The purple on the bed spread doesn't exactly stand out, but it's definitely where your attention will set in, once you enter the room. You have a good eye for design, Fran. All the best to you! :)

    Oliver Matthews @ Flower & Fendler